Every other year, The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) organizes the API Legislative Day. According to event organizer Shomya Tripathy, the coalition usually busses thousands of API community members to Olympia to meet with lawmakers, advocate for their interests, and all but fill the State Capitol Building. “On a normal day down here, we don’t really get to see many people ...Read More
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Profits on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000 would be subject to a new tax on capital gains under a bill narrowly approved Saturday by the Washington Senate.
The measure passed on a 25-24 vote after more than four hours of debate in the Democratic-led chamber. Three members of the Democratic caucus voted ...Read More
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a panel of arbitrators to review police discipline decisions and to better track law enforcement arbitration cases statewide.
The measure is part of an ambitious package of police reform legislation that lawmakers are considering this session following Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in the wake of ...Read More
OLYMPIA, Wash. — After a data breach that may have compromised personal information of more than 1 million residents, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has called for the creation of a state “Office of Cybersecurity.”
Last week, state Auditor Pat McCarthy announced the hacking of a third-party vendor the state hired potentially exposed private information of more than a million people who ...Read More
This week, Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and other drugs. On Thursday, state lawmakers and advocacy groups in Washington state announced a plan to do the same thing on this side of the Columbia River.
A bill introduced in the state Legislature would make Washington the second state in the nation ...Read More
Washington State’s 2021 legislative session kicked off on January 11 and it will go for 105 days, until April 25. Between now and then, State senators and representatives will introduce bills to the legislature, refer them to their applicable committees, and consider the bills multiple times and at various stages before a bill is potentially passed into law. This year’s ...Read More
Our community is reeling with anger and frustration following the killing of yet another unarmed, non-threatening black man by police officers, this time in Minneapolis. We are heartsick at the senseless killings of George Floyd, Manuel Ellis, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the sense that we have made so little progress as a country in combatting centuries of systemic ...Read More
THE LAST Washington state legislative session, state senator Joe Nguyen and three others sponsored a bill that would trim the standard 40-hour workweek to 32. It didn’t gain traction. But with the coronavirus pandemic hastening remote office setups, imperiling our mental health, and roiling our concept of time (is it Wednesday? Saturday?), employers have begun to reexamine their workplace norms; ...Read More